30 years ago today, Australian drama The Flying Doctors debuts on BBC 1
The Flying Doctors is an Australian drama TV series that revolves around the everyday lifesaving efforts of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, starring Andrew McFarlane as the newly arrived Dr. Tom Callaghan. The popular series ran for nine seasons and was successfully screened internationally.
It was initially a 1985 mini-series based in the fictional outback town of Cooper’s Crossing. The success of the mini-series led to its return the following year as an ongoing series.
The series’ episodes were mostly self-contained but also featured ongoing storylines, such as Dr. Standish’s romance with Sister Kate Wellings (Lenore Smith). Other major characters included pilot Sam Patterson (Peter O’Brien), mechanic Emma Plimpton (Rebecca Gibney), local policeman Sgt. Jack Carruthers (Terry Gill) and Vic and Nancy Buckley (Maurie Fields and Val Jellay), who ran The Majestic, a local pub/hotel.